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Direct Hire vs. Contract-To-Hire

If you think about it, in any state that has passed at-will employment laws, a company can fire an employee at any time for any reason. At will means that employees […]

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Coding Exercises for Technical Candidates

Here at Stout we screen a lot of technical candidates. Our first step is to filter the resumes. (We have little need for glass window installers despite the fact that […]

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How Not to Burn Bridges in One Easy Lesson

They say that showing up is half the battle. I’m not sure who originally said that. A Google search will attribute the quote to everyone from Woody Allen to Stephen […]

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How to Explain a Technical Subject to a Non-Technical Person: 3 Tips

When it comes to hiring or promoting a software engineer, communication skills can be used as the tie-breaker between two equally talented people. But that term—communication skills—is so broad that […]

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Cover Letters That Work

I have found that many technical people do not know how to effectively write a cover letter to accompany a resume submission. A cover letter is your opportunity to positively […]

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Edge Cases: A Persistent Dilemma

One of the first “lessons learned” for novice programmers is that the time required to program the typical usage scenarios can be fairly accurately estimated, but the time required for […]

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Is This the Right Time to Make a Career Change?

In business, summer is typically slow when it comes to...well, everything. Not the least of the slow-downs is the revolving door of people coming and going from vacations. Decision makers […]

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Swooping on Candidates

The pandemic had a chilling effect on hiring in many industries. Even hiring for computer professionals went on a pause. But since about February 2021, hiring has come roaring back. […]

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Did I Just Receive a Low-Ball Salary Offer?

A low-ball salary offer is one that’s way below your minimum acceptable level.  I want to present two real-life examples of our candidates receiving what could have looked like low-ball […]

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5 Signs You Should Fire Your Recruiter

Using outside recruiters can be a life-saver for an over-extended HR department. But let’s be honest - sometimes they don’t add anything of value, and they can even make your […]

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